Sunday, 14 August 2016

Ready for action...

muslim homeschool

I've been out of sync for a while.....a very long while the point its probably quite dangerous!
Our home schooling ventures have taken a back seat certainly over the past few months, and with that, the pressure to be secondary level ready over the upcoming year inshaAllah is etching itself deep into my consciousness!

Alhamdulillah, I have had what feels like a tirade of difficult situations over the past few years. Like each one of you reading this, we all have various struggles behind our closed doors.
I have faced some real obstacles, and I've been knocked off my feet a number of times. But now its time to dust myself off, stand and roll up my sleeves, put everything aside and remind myself why I am home educating...because I think I forgot for a time too long.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Getting ready for back to school.... reorganisation!

getting ready for back to (home)-school ......reorganisation!

Is anybody still there???
Its been rather a while since I last hopped on! I hope everyone had a beneficial Ramadan and an enjoyable E'id.

Here we are now, heading into the middle of July and I am itching to get back to our studies inshallah...although my girls may not be...they have certainly enjoyed the time off!

We don't typically do a great deal of home schooling over Ramadan. To be honest, its been a good couple of months since we have actually home schooled (ssshhh don't tell anyone!)

My youngest sister who is just 5, was diagnosed with leukaemia a couple of months ago alhamdulillah, so I was at my Father's home for a time to help with my younger siblings to allow my Father and step-mother to be at the hospital.
I planned to "school" whilst we were there, but gave up. There were more important things that needed to be attended to at that time, and screaming at the kids to finish a dull worksheet wasn't one of them!
 Then Ramadan came, so the focus wasn't on working, although we did do a couple of days towards the last week before deciding we'd restart afresh after E'id inshallah.

E'id has passed, so now there are no excuses left. We have to pull up our sleeves and dive back in.
In preparation for the big school restart on Monday, everything is getting reorganised and reordered this weekend attempt of trying to bring a new lease of life to our home schooling endeavours!

I have a box full of workbooks and half completed lapbooks that have been sat besides our dining room table for probably 2 years, because I keep thinking we will use these one day .....we haven't! I think its time this box and its contents disappeared!

I want to find a new place for all our educational books that have been hidden away in the cupboard because they rarely get used. I thought it was a good idea to keep them all in the big walk in cupboard we have, so they would be out the way but still easily accessable .....but it seems no one wants to go in there because it is so squishy.....and when a book is taken it appears it does not want to be replaced back in its original categorised home (yes I have categories!) and so it is just chaos in there!

As mentioned in my last post, this academic year is my eldest's final primary school year, so I feel like we are heading towards the finish line of a half marathon, and its time to now pick up the pace for the last leg inshallah!
Not long after we begun home educating, I stumbled across Sue Patricks workbox system, which worked great for us. However, as the children got older, I didn't continue to use. The point we are at now, I feel we need that level of organisation again, and so pondered how could I transform the original plastic shoe-box idea into something more appropriate for my now some-what older children and wouldn't require as much space!
Alhamdulillah I found a box on Amazon with hanging file folders, perfect for storing the days work. I'll share more about this in another post inshallah.

We have no home schooling clubs over the summer, so its a great time to do a little catching up inshallah and put all this reorganisation into action bi'ithnillah!

Friday, 8 April 2016

A new beginning is approaching...

The decision to continue to home educate or enter school
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever want to home educate! Never!
When my eldest was born we knew that State School would not be an option .....but to home school way!
However, when we moved cities, and met the home educating community here, my eyes were opened and it seemed like the obvious thing to do Alhamdulillah!
I remember it took around a year before we made the official decision to take full responsibility for the education of our family. And when we did, it was nerve-racking!

I sit here now, more than 5 years on, with only 1 year left of my eldest's primary school education and I have 2 thoughts......

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Multiplication facts.....sorted!

Multiplication fact cards review
Anyone who has read my blog from the beginning knows, my eldest is not the biggest maths fan that ever lived! If she had it her way, she would never look at another number again!
Unfortunately, we can not survive without maths in the big wide world, therefore I have to embrace the maths phobia battle with my little darling, because quite frankly, it just has to be done!

The difference between knowing your times tables and not knowing them, is like eating fish with or without bones! .....I am sure this puzzles you...

Monday, 21 March 2016

Bi-lingual Arabic-English tracing board book review

arabic - english letter tracing board book
If you are tired of printing off tracing worksheets, and having mounds of paper thrown into the bin, then please allow me to introduce to you this wipe able board book from Fun Tree Books, who kindly offered to send me a copy to review.

I've seen many of these type of letter tracing workbooks, and initially thought it wouldn't be much different to what I've already come across and used in the past. However (and here is where the famous "but" comes in!).....I was genuinely surprised when I opened the package shipped all the way from the US!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Arabic detached pronouns worksheet printable

If you follow us on Facebook, then you will have seen the download link for this Arabic detached pronouns printable, exclusively on our page a couple of weeks ago!
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Back to the reason for this post! A simple colour in vocabulary folder to help learn the Arabic detached pronouns.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Printable Moon and Sun letter worksheet folder for kids!

You might remember a couple of weeks ago we posted a free printable Arabic Moon and Sun letter poster? From that, we have put together a quick worksheet style folder to help kids practice their learning of these letters and their different rules inshallah.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Loop Scheduling for home school....getting things done calmly!

loop scheduling for home school

Who likes treasure??? ...A little piece of informational treasure I came across recently is loop scheduling. ....a way to still get everything you want to get done "done" inshallah, but with a lot of the pressure and stress gone! ....its simple!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

{FREE} printable weekly planner...its time to get organised!

A simple weekly planner without any fuss! This uncomplicated design can be used to set out your agenda for the up-coming week inshallah, with space to map out your mornings and afternoons as well as dinner time menu plan.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Salaah worksheet folder printable; The conditions, pillars and requirements of prayer

Salaah worksheet folder for the conditions, pillars and requirements of prayer
We are back again with more review material for the Conditions, pillars and requirements of prayer as explained in the Book authored by Shiekh Muhammad bin Abdil-Wahhaab, explained by Sheikh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee and Shiekh Abdul-Muhson al-Abbaad!
This worksheet style folder can be used as a simple introduction to the topic study, or used at the end of learning either as a review aid or to allow the student to demonstrate what they have learnt.
printable Salaah worksheet folder for the conditions, pillars and requirements of prayer

Each of the conditions, pillars and requirements are named and set out in a chart, with a blank space to give a short, brief explanation as to what each mean. By no means is this an extensive piece of work for the child to complete; its purpose is to allow just a short answer to show a basic comprehension.
You may like to allow your student(s) to copy a simple answer you write out first, however if they are older or show greater understanding, you may encourage them to complete the answers independently....use it in whichever way works for your family or individual child!
Salaah worksheet folder for the conditions, pillars and requirements of prayer

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you'll know by now that the folder is designed around fitting onto an A3 sheet of folded card (or 2 A4 cards taped together), with the cover on the front, and worksheet pages affixed to each of the remaining sides.

I like to use coloured card and trim the sheet edges to give a coloured boarder frame around each sheet, but by all means, you don't need to do that.

We have 2 options to choose from; girls or boys. The content is exactly the same in each, the only difference is the pictures.
Select from the high-lighted text below to download inshallah.
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